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    NUD - Well, not mine sadly

    Had to share this video. My buddy, Pete Hilton (of Hilton Guitars) came to the office last Friday for a factory tour, as well as to show off prototype tenor ukulele #3 and let me play it. What a...
  2. Well, I'm sure some of it is that yes, they come...

    Well, I'm sure some of it is that yes, they come from the same factory. And, given the history of companies putting out the same product with different names (much like how Pampers makes the Target...
  3. As long as the buttons are installed with the...

    As long as the buttons are installed with the consideration of instrument balance and you take your time doing it, I see no reason why it would be an issue of value, especially since some of the...
  4. Thanks. While the marketing part of me would love...

    Thanks. While the marketing part of me would love it if everyone played GHS strings, the musician in me is more concerned that everyone is playing, period.

    I actually tried an interesting setup...
  5. As someone working in the string industry (and...

    As someone working in the string industry (and just having had a nice chat with our fluorocarbon vendor last week), I can tell you that the strings we get for our fluorocarbon sets are specifically...
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    Your strings definitely don't need something that...

    Your strings definitely don't need something that indepth, but your fretboard thanks you in the long run.
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    I don't know if they make any precut pickguards...

    I don't know if they make any precut pickguards for the ukulele, but you can easily buy a 1ply sheet from All Parts or Stewart Macdonald no problem, and then cut to size.
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    It's an interesting design, but making a...

    It's an interesting design, but making a "portable" ukulele seems a bit redundant.
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    I read that too. That's just awesome news.

    I read that too. That's just awesome news.
  10. I don't know about 5 string baritones, but Rob at...

    I don't know about 5 string baritones, but Rob at Kalamazoo Guitar Works has been making 6 string baritones (and is getting me one for string R&D) with an octaved E and G.
  11. There will be some, because as you mentioned, the...

    There will be some, because as you mentioned, the scale of the strings is longer on a super-concert compared to a concert, resulting in more overall tension being put on the soundboard. That will...
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    I've been fiddlin' with different tunings, mainly...

    I've been fiddlin' with different tunings, mainly based on customer request and feedback (and also because I have the capabilities to do so).

    Currently have a GCEA black nylon/wound linear set on...
  13. Not quite. The difference is that going from a...

    Not quite. The difference is that going from a soprano to a concert scale is going from 13" nut to bridge to 15" nut to bridge. While the fretboard between a soprano and concert CAN have more frets,...
  14. That's a huge thing; tension does not equate the...

    That's a huge thing; tension does not equate the feel of the strings. I think a lot of that initial misconception came from the old classical guitar gauges of "medium tension," "high tension," etc.....
  15. That's been one of the big priorities of mine...

    That's been one of the big priorities of mine since I came aboard GHS Strings last year. We are now one of only three string companies that have published tension charts for our electric bass strings...
  16. Three things are used to determine the tension of...

    Three things are used to determine the tension of a string: scale length, weight of the string (lb/lin inch) and the note you're tuning to.

    So to answer your questions:

    1-The tension of the...
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    That's not quite right; the thickness or gauge of...

    That's not quite right; the thickness or gauge of the string has nothing to do with the tension of the string.

    Tension is calculated by scale, the note you are tuning to, and the weight of the...
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    I have a Yeti USB microphone (from Blue...

    I have a Yeti USB microphone (from Blue Microphones that I like quite a bit. You can use the included stand or mount it to a regular microphone stand. I find it works excellent for my needs. This can...
  19. Absolutely nothing. I've got nothing to prove to...

    Absolutely nothing. I've got nothing to prove to anyone in terms of skill level or validation of the instruments I play (and for reference, I get a lot more snide comments when I pull out my 6 string...
  20. I think sometimes too, that the customer can get...

    I think sometimes too, that the customer can get so caught up in the options and possibilities of a custom instrument that they also try to take full control of the process, which usually results in...
  21. We were booth neighbors at the Mighty Uke Fest in...

    We were booth neighbors at the Mighty Uke Fest in May; Dave's stuff is very cool! But yes, that's a great example.
  22. The only thing I see is that a custom uke - or...

    The only thing I see is that a custom uke - or really, a custom instrument of ANY kind - could possibly have a lower resale value because, while the original owner may have gotten an instrument that...
  23. I've got a couple of those that I use (on my uke,...

    I've got a couple of those that I use (on my uke, my acoustic/electric bass, and U-Bass) and true to form, they work very well. It would be awesome to see a strap maker incorporate something like...
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    The LaBella string sets are nearly identical to...

    The LaBella string sets are nearly identical to ours, mainly because we all get our nylon strings from the same source. It's one of the few strings that many places do not make.
  25. As a working musician (meaning, I garner a fair...

    As a working musician (meaning, I garner a fair size of my income from performing), my idea of high-end may be different than many.

    My main gigs are often either studio work (as of late) or...
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